I’m have to admit that I’m pretty lucky with my kids. The eat their vegetables, especially the green ones. Spinach, broccoli, collards, rapini, asparagus (especially asparagus) are not an issue in our home. With kale being the latest health trend due all the benefits it has, I was not shy to try is, nor were the kids. Kale is very high in vitamins K and A, not to mention vitamin C.
I started with something easy, kale chips- who doesn’t like chips? I couldn’t make them fast enough! The kids were eating them as they came out of the oven. Now kale appears on our plates steamed, stir fried, or in dishes like lasagna, soup or casseroles and the kids don’t bat an eye. To quote my oldest,
Ma, it tastes like spinach!
I know that most kids are more picky when it comes to vegetables so if you haven’t tried kale because you’re worried it will just sit on your plate at home, here’s an easy way to introduce it. Kale pesto. It’s easy to make, takes a few ingredients and then you can serve it on your pasta. So easy!
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
3 cups kale
1 garlic clove
1/2tsp coarse salt
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
If your pine nuts are not toasted, toast them in a dry skillet until lightly browned. Once they are cooled, pulse them in a food processor.
Add the kale, stems removed, and pulse again. Add garlic and salt, cheese. Mix all together and then, with motor running, slowly pour in the oil.
This recipe makes about 1 cup of pesto. I use about 1/2 cup for 1 pound of pasta.